The capital of Antigua, Saint John’s is the largest city and the center for all trade and commerce within the Caribbean nation. It is one of the destinations for retirees, students and those seeing employment from overseas. If you are following suit and coming here for any of these reasons, it helps to bring over your personal vehicle with you for faster and easier commuting.
Talk with a shipping service that has a successful track of importing vehicles to West Indies with considerable ease. They will be able to help you get a head start with the different pre-shipping procedures and file for permits that are needed. A1 Auto Transport might be able to help you plan and implement the different aspects of the shipping procedure for a quick delivery to Saint John’s. We understand all the import laws and regulations of Antigua and are considered one of the licensed importers, reliable and trusted shipping services by Antigua Customs Department.
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Saint John's
|San Jose, CA to (California port) to St. John´s||$200||$3600||5+17 days|
|St. John´s to (California port) to Los Angeles||$350||$3600||5+17 days|
|St. John´s to (New York port) to Boston, MA||$400||$3200||5+6 days|
|Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to St. John´s||$550||$3600||6+17 days|
|Detroit, MI to (New York port) to St. John´s||$575||$3200||6+6 days|
|St. John´s to (New York port) to Chicago, IL||$675||$3200||6+6 days|
|St. John´s to (New York port) to Atlanta, GA||$700||$3200||6+6 days|
|St. John´s to (California port) to Denver, CO||$775||$3600||7+17 days|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to St. John´s||$925||$3200||7+6 days|
|Dallas, TX to (California port) to St. John´s||$1,025||$3600||7+17 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
Specific criteria for shipping vehicles.
You are only allowed to import vehicles that are right hand driven and no left hand driven vehicle is allowed. As per the environmental laws, you are not allowed to import vehicles that are older than 5 years. These are some specific criteria to adhere to when you are importing to Antigua. Additionally, there are documents that are needed by the Customs Authority and the Antigua Port Authority:
- Import license from Ministry of Trade.
- Bill of vehicle sale with details about the car.
- Insurance certificate.
- Bill of Lading.
- Clear title deed of the vehicle.
- Driving license and Passport of the owner.
- Car registration.
- Environmental Levy Form.
To consider the total cost of the freight shipping of the vehicle you need to put into perspective the associated costs which include 60% Excise duty, 15% VAT as per the CIF or cost of insurance, freight and vehicle price. You will need to pay an additional levy of Environment protection of $600 on all vehicles that are imported.
There is a provision of tax exemptions on vehicle imports for returning citizens. Only those are qualified to bring back a vehicle from USA that have stayed there for over 10 years and are importing 1 vehicle for personal use. It is essential that they have imported the same vehicle that they have owned for a minimum of 2 years. That vehicle is eligible for tax-free import by Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST). The documents that are needed to get the Environmental Levy exemption is the Bill of Lading and Waiver Form of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Costing of import.
There are many aspects that contribute to the total cost of shipping. The price of the vehicle, freight and insurance is considered when the custom duty and VAT is calculated. Whether you choose the affordable RORO or expensive container shipping can add to the variable cost.
RORO allows the vehicle to be driven on and off the ship and there are some restrictions that need to be followed. These include removing personal belongings, air conditioning gas and leave only 1/4th tank of fuel. The container shipping allows for exclusive packing the car and other household goods within the 20 feet or 40 feet container. Thus, costs vary.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.